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Buying a coffee machine when you don't drink coffee


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#1 Oddsox22

Posted 22 February 2012 - 10:32 AM

I don't really drink coffee. I might have one if I go out with a friend or having a bad day and need a pick up, but thats pretty much it.

I really feel its now getting to the point where you are expected to have a coffee machine (or maybe its just my friends cool.gif ) at home. Now, seeing as I don't drink coffee, i don't see the need for  a machine. I do have instant for anyone visiting who might like a coffee, but that is regularly getting noses turned up at it.

So, do you expect machine coffee when you visit or is instant ok?

#2 Stellajoy

Posted 22 February 2012 - 10:35 AM

I don;t expect a coffee machine but i would decline the offer of instant.

#3 VioletRose

Posted 22 February 2012 - 10:36 AM

Anything in a clean cup suits me. Even tap water is just fine.

#4 ~Supernova~

Posted 22 February 2012 - 10:36 AM

I drink instant if I have to. It can in no way compare to real coffee though. But, having said that, I would never expect a friend who was not a coffee drinker to own a coffee machine  huh.gif If I'm realllly honest, whether or not I'd drink an instant would also depend on the brand. Some are even more hideous than others!

#5 Jupiter123

Posted 22 February 2012 - 10:37 AM

In short no I do not expect a coffee machine when visiting.

Although I would like a real cup of coffee instead of that instant crap that DH makes me of a morning, ph34r.gif  he is after all standing right next to the coffee machine.... oh well its the thought that counts

#6 Alacritous~Andy

Posted 22 February 2012 - 10:39 AM

DH is a coffee snob.  We have a machine at home.  I don't drink coffee.

At work, for customers, we have the Robert Timms Coffee Bags if people want a "proper coffee".  A lot of people comment on how nice they are.

#7 morgansacre

Posted 22 February 2012 - 10:39 AM

I dont drink coffee either, so as DH is the only one, I would never entertain the idea of buying a coffee machine. I feel it would be a complete waste of money.

On the rare occasions we get visitors, if they want coffee they have to make do with instant, I have never had anyone complain yet. In fact I don't know of anyone who has a coffee machine.....

Lynn

#8 IsolaBella

Posted 22 February 2012 - 10:39 AM

OK Another non coffee or tea drinking household question for you...

what Instant (if you were going to drink instant coffee) would you actually drink?


#9 Guest_pessi_*

Posted 22 February 2012 - 10:40 AM

Instant is an ok hot beverage if you don't think of it as coffee, and it's drowned in milk and sugar... I wouldn't expect to a coffeemachine in a non-coffee-drinker's house, instant is a perfectly acceptable alternative. But if you care enough and get semi-regular visits from snobbish coffee drinkers, buy a cheap plunger.

#10 BadgerBasher

Posted 22 February 2012 - 10:43 AM

I'm a dedicated instant coffee drinker. People know that there's one choice when visiting me: Instant.

#11 Feraldadathome

Posted 22 February 2012 - 10:45 AM

I'm happy with tea or water rather than coffee if only instant is available. It's been a long time since I've done instant and I'd rather nothing to instant.

It may be old skool, but we even have the drip filter machine we bought almost 20 years ago, which comes out when there is a big group visiting.

Before moving to a non-instant household, we did keep some Nescafe gold around - if forced to drink instant, this or Moccona would be what I wished for.

#12 EBeditor

Posted 22 February 2012 - 10:46 AM

I am a caffeine addict so I will take it in any form I can get. I would only buy a coffee machine for myself, not just to store in the cupboard for visitors.

Mine gets used several times daily!

#13 **Xena**

Posted 22 February 2012 - 10:46 AM

I hate all coffee equally biggrin.gif
Also hate all tea equally too!

I'm happy for water when I visit friends, though I usually bring my own anyway original.gif

ETA We only have instant available. If people don't want that then they don't have it original.gif

Edited by **Xena**, 22 February 2012 - 10:47 AM.


#14 Country (deci)Mel

Posted 22 February 2012 - 10:46 AM

I don't drink coffee nor tea - but my partner LOVES his coffee. We have a little stove top percolator (purchased a St Vinnies for 50c over a decade ago - but you can buy similar new for under $20) and good quality ground coffee.

My coffee drinking friends are delighted when they visit now as they can have a really good quality cuppa instead of the geriatric dregs from a mummified jar of instant that I kept lurking in the depths of the cupboard which was what they were used to consuming at my home in the pre DP years.

After staying with us my sister and her husband went out and purchased one for themselves - in spite of having a whizz bang coffee machine already...

Why? Because they are simple, easy to clean and you can have an excellent cup of great coffee within minutes.

I suggest you do the same OP! Just stifle their snobbery at the source.

#15 unicorn

Posted 22 February 2012 - 10:49 AM

You need friends like my BIL, he goes above and beyond coffee snob and bought his 2 closest friends coffee machines so that when he visits he can have real coffee.  laughing2.gif
I have asked him to visit us on numerous occasions, I would love a coffee machine.

I only drink real coffee, but I wouldn't expect anyone who didn't drink coffee to have a coffee machine, I probably wouldn't even expect them to have instant if they didn't drink it.

Countrymel, all I use is a stove top espresso pot, I splurged and bought a milk frother as well, it's like a little stick blender, all up less than $50 at one of the kitchen shops in town. It does make nice coffee for sure.

Edited by unicorn, 22 February 2012 - 10:51 AM.


#16 Feraldadathome

Posted 22 February 2012 - 10:50 AM

A cheap plunger is another option - $10-15 for a 2 cup version in Coleworths. I'd completely forgotten about this option, even though DP uses one most mornings as she's never learnt how to use either espresso machine.

#17 ~Flick~

Posted 22 February 2012 - 10:51 AM

QUOTE (BadgerBasher @ 22/02/2012, 11:13 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I'm a dedicated instant coffee drinker. People know that there's one choice when visiting me: Instant.


Same here. Moccona Freeze Dried.
I HATE "real" coffee.  sick.gif  Having said that, I will drink cappuccinos.

#18 idle

Posted 22 February 2012 - 10:51 AM

i agree with pp about the percolator. I wouldn't drink instant but I also wouldn't expect to find espresso coffee at other people's houses. Plunger or percolator is a great option or they can harden up and drink whatever you are offering original.gif

#19 ~mimo~

Posted 22 February 2012 - 10:52 AM

I found out yesterday that there are hot chocolate capsules as well as coffee. The machine I was looking at can even do double capsules! Like if you wanted a double shot or a mocha. I'm tempted now lol.


#20 Bel Rowley

Posted 22 February 2012 - 10:53 AM

I love coffee. I don't have a coffee machine since the one my parents bought me while I was at uni died, unfortunately with DH being a non-coffee drinker and a tightarse buying a new one is low on the priority list. I do have both a small and large plunger and always have nice ground beans on hand for making a plunger pot for guests. I find the majority of people I have over are just as happy to have instant. I find it's easiest to not be too snobby as most people I visit only have instant, and I still prefer instant coffee to tea or no hot drink at all. I am a bit snobby with my instant though, I don't do Blend 43.

#21 *LucyE*

Posted 22 February 2012 - 10:54 AM

[/quote]I don;t expect a coffee machine but i would decline the offer of instant.[/quote]
This.

At home, I offer those coffee bags. They're not a bad substitute.

#22 Rosie Sparkle

Posted 22 February 2012 - 10:57 AM

We have a coffee machine but would never expect any of our friends to get one just because it's our thing. If I'm visiting friends and absolutely dying for the real thing, I'll get take away and pick one up for them too.

#23 tothebeach

Posted 22 February 2012 - 10:59 AM

QUOTE
It's been a long time since I've done instant and I'd rather nothing to instant.


I don't drink instant coffee.  At all - not even to be polite.  I was very surprised when I first met my mother's group at someone's house to find that an offer of coffee meant instant, rather than a pot or a plunger.  I always ask for water there now.

#24 Luly

Posted 22 February 2012 - 11:02 AM

Coffee bags. Get some coffee bags.original.gif

I wouldn't expect a non coffee drinker to have a machine. only get a machine if you will use it yourself! Although you can use the frother to make delicious hot chocolate  ph34r.gif We've had our boiler based espresso machine for 6 years and still going strong! LOVE it. It's not the fastest thing in the world if we have a lot of coffee drinkers over though.

A plunger is a great thing to have in the cupboard for when you host dinner parties and get togethers..but not so great for the 'drop ins' unless you have freshly ground coffee to go with it or an unopened in date vacuum pack. (same with a drip filter)

If I am guest at someones house I'll still accept instant as opposed to nothing  wink.gif so I'm not too snobby! I wouldn't expect them to have anything fancy if they don't drink coffee.....and instant is prob no worse than stale old coffee or coffee grounds that have been kept unopened in the fridge for 12months. NEVER keep your fresh coffee grounds in the fridge or freezer. Ruins it!

Edited by Luly, 22 February 2012 - 11:04 AM.


#25 RedBob

Posted 22 February 2012 - 11:04 AM

I love coffee, but I wouldn't expect to be offered "real" coffee in the house of a friend who I know isn't a coffee drinker. I also love tea, so I'll happily drink that. I will NOT drink instant coffee. The only use I have for it is to flavour coffee cakes or icing.

If you really want to be hospitable, just get a cheap plunger or coffee bags. While they're not as good as an espresso machine, they make perfectly acceptable coffee and are cheaper and easier to store in the bargain.




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